The 30 largest airports and airlines in GermanyFurther information is provided on the 30 biggest airports in Germany. At Frankfurt on the Main Airport alone, 100 airlines operate and serve flights to and from 239 destinations.
Out of the nine airlines of the country we have listed biggest 8. Lufthansa is leading here with a total of 220 flight destinations.
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The largest airports in GermanyWhat is a "commercial airport" is regulated in Germany by the state aviation authority in § 38 of the Air Traffic Licensing Regulations (LuftVZO). Besides some special airports, these are mainly those serving commercial and general aviation. In total, there are 16 international airports, 12 of which are considered major airports with over 50,000 passengers anually. With more than 500,000 aircraft movements and 70 million passengers per year, Frankfurt Airport is the largest in the country.
Oldest airport: HamburgThe oldest airport in Germany still in operation today is Hamburg Airport, which opened in 1911. In 2016 it was renamed from "Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel" to "Hamburg Airport Helmut Schmidt". At the time of its foundation it was used for airships. It survived the Second World War almost undamaged and was thus expanded and used by the British occupation forces. An extensive modernization with a new terminal and new piers began in the 90s. Another fundamental reconstruction took place shortly after the turn of the millennium.
Freight volumeIn 2021, a total of 11.53 billion ton-kilometers (= total mass transported in tons multiplied by kilometers traveled) of cargo was moved by air in Germany. Frankfurt on the Main Airport alone accounted for around 2.01 million metric tons.
The largest airlines based in GermanyAirlines are mainly divided into the areas of passenger transport, freight transport, charter flights and ambulance services. In addition, there are further classifications such as military and government service providers and also subdivisions into, e.g., low-cost airlines. In addition, there are charter companies that partly or exclusively carry out individual flights on behalf of the customer.
By far the largest German airline is the formerly state-owned Lufthansa, which has been fully privatized since 1997. It takes on tasks from all the areas mentioned above. Cargo flights are carried out both by the airline and by its subsidiary Lufthansa Cargo. Its hubs are at the major airports in Frankfurt and Munich, from where other international airlines also offer a large proportion of intercontinental flights.
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